Sentential relative clauses

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Sentential relative clauses, usually introduced by “which”, are very common in formal and academic writing, and should be used in preference to conjoining clauses with “and so” or “and that”.

No: The world is getting smaller and smaller, and that means that people understand each other better.

Yes: The world is getting smaller and smaller, which means that people understand each other better.

No: Business meetings are now held in English to avoid misunderstandings and that makes it possible for those in Europe to make million dollar deals with Asia in just a few minutes.

Yes: Business meetings are now held in English to avoid misunderstandings, which makes it possible for people in Europe to make million-dollar deals with Asia in just a few minutes.

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